Bishop Mark Hanson: What Is the Unfinished Work of Freedom?


As this nation embarks on a celebration of Independence Day, the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), said the freedoms we celebrate today came with great sacrifice and continue to generate controversy.

In a pastoral video message to the more than 4-million-member ELCA, Hanson contextualizes the recent Supreme Court decisions and Congressional actions, as well as the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement and the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg by asking, "What does all of this mean in the work of freedom and justice that has now been bequeathed to us?"




About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America :

The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands," the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer, Martin Luther.


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